Becoming Certified For Eating Disorders Treatment Through the IAEDP

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International Association of Eating Disorders Professional

The director of The Mandel Center of Arizona since 2003, Alyssa Mandel is a licensed social worker with more than 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. Alyssa Mandel serves as president for the Arizona Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), through which she maintains certification as an eating disorders specialist.

In addition to offering resources and conferences for professionals who work with people suffering from eating disorders, the IAEDP also provides certification courses through which specialists, registered dietitians, creative arts therapists, and registered nurses can gain expertise and training in the treatment of eating disorders.

Each of the certification exams requires completion of the same four core curriculum courses. These include introduction to eating disorders, treatment modalities for eating disorders, medical aspects of eating disorders, and nutritional aspects of eating disorders.

Through these courses, students receive practical, advanced education necessary for their work with patients with eating disorders, as well as the information required to pass their final certification exam.

Students pursuing certification can complete the core curriculum training either online or by attending the two-day workshop held prior to the IAEDP annual symposium. They must score 70 percent or higher on the multiple-choice exam that concludes each module. Once they have taken the core curriculum courses, students may sit for the certification exam which, when successfully completed, grants a two-year accreditation.


Eating Disorders – Bulimia

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Mandel Center of Arizona

Alyssa Mandel is the director of the Mandel Center of Arizona, which treats people with eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa. In addition, Alyssa Mandel is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

Patients with bulimia nervosa often eat great quantities of food within very short amounts of time then engage in purging. That is to say, they use vomiting or other means to prevent themselves from gaining weight. The bingeing and purging behavior often arises from self-esteem problems linked closely to body image. Bulimia is a serious health problem that may result in the loss of life.

If allowed to progress unchecked, bulimia may harm the body by repeatedly exposing the tissues in the mouth and throat to stomach acids. Frequent vomiting may cause tooth decay, swelling, and even esophageal tears. Moreover, purging behavior may lead to electrolyte imbalances that could, in turn, cause dangerous heart arrhythmias.

Patients may benefit from bulimia support groups, talk therapy, and nutritional therapy. Since bulimia may be associated with depression, patients could benefit from antidepressant medication.

Addiction – Alcohol Abuse

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Mandel Center of Arizona

A provider of therapeutic resources for people in need of mental health support, Alyssa Mandel works as the CEO and director of the Mandel Center of Arizona. In her leadership role, Alyssa Mandel helps clients with a variety of illnesses, including alcohol dependency.

Individuals who have trouble controlling the amount of alcohol they consume or who continue to consume alcohol despite the disruptive problems it causes may have alcohol use disorder. Usually called alcoholism, the disorder is typified by behavior like binge drinking that gives rise to distress and difficulties participating in daily life.

Advanced alcohol use disorder sometimes involves dependency such that the body goes into withdrawal if the patient stops drinking. Heavy alcohol use can harm essential organs like the brain and liver. If consumed during pregnancy, alcohol can interfere with fetal development.

People struggling with alcohol dependency often improve with treatment. However, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, only a small portion, as low as 8.4 percent, of the people who need professional help get it.